Deaths of Disabled Social Security Claimants

The deaths of vulnerable disabled social security claimants are, in my view, a damning indictment on successive Governments. If the key purpose of all Governments is to keep its citizens safe, one has to ask why have they failed so miserably to protect some of the most vulnerable citizens in the UK? We know that […]

Human Rights Watchdog Slams DWP Treatment of Vulnerable Social Security Claimants

I welcome the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s announcement that they are issuing a section 23 notice against the Government’s Department for Work and Pensions. This follows the EHRC finding that the Government was breaching the 2010 Equality Act by discriminating against disabled social security claimants including those with mental health conditions and other long […]

Government plan to cut £20 off Universal Credit is ‘shameful’

‘Shameful’ is the word I would use to describe the Government’s plan to scrap the £20 per week boost to Universal Credit (UC) which was introduced to help people on low incomes during the pandemic. As the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Universal Credit, I believe the Government’s plans to cut […]

‘Unacceptable’ employment barriers faced by disabled people

I have joined cross party calls for the Government to set more meaning full targets for reducing the employment gap for disabled people, radically overhaul employment support, and address the lack of trust disabled people have in the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). As a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and […]

Unemployment for local young people remains at almost double the national average

Data released by the House of Commons Library shows there were 1200 people aged 18-24 claiming unemployment support in June 2021, across the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency, 13.9% of the local population compared to the UK rate of 7.6%. Across all age groups there were 5905 actual claimants across the constituency in June 2021, […]

Social security claimants need government to wise up

Last week’s exposé by the BBC journalist Alex Homer on the deaths of over 150 social security claimants, mostly since 2010 and often under desperate circumstances, shocked many. Anyone listening to Philippa Day, 27, sobbing on the phone and pleading for help after her Personal Independence Payment (Pip) had been stopped, leaving her £5,000 in […]

Debbie launches inquiry into the effects of the 2016 Welfare Reform & Work Act

The inquiry focuses on the impact of the Act on children and disabled people As chair of the the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Health in All Policies, I and fellow MPs have launched an inquiry into the actual impacts of the Welfare Reform and Work Act (WR&WA) 2016. The inquiry is focusing on how children […]

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